Issue 73 - Our Students, Our Communities, Our Time

  • We are excited to present to our voters this November Issue 73 that has the potential to dramatically renew the education we provide to our students and, in a larger sense, revitalize our three communities. If voters approve our construction bond issue, Issue 73, we will build two new secondary campuses (Grades 6 - 12) on the current sites of Normandy and Valley Forge. WE will also transform Parma Senior High School into a Community Educational and Wellness Center, in partnership with University Hospitals. The state of Ohio, through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC), will contribute $69 million toward the cost of these projects and homeowners will contribute $18.96 per month per $100,000 of their property value.

    We are building our informational efforts around three very critical entities. First is "Our Students." Our students deserve the best possible learning environments and our current facilities do not provide the 21st-century experience we should afford them. Our new campuses will feature STEM learning labs that we will build in partnership with Cuyahoga Community College. Classrooms will be flexible learning spaces with the most up-to-date technology. Career and Technical Education facilities will be upgraded to ensure that our students have the best tools to prepare them for entry into the workforce upon graduation.

    Next is "Our Communities." ALL residents will benefit from this investment We all know that strong schools lead to strong communities. We have to be competitive with our neighboring districts for the same young families that we want to attract as residents. Beyond this investment into property values, though, we are committed to using all of our new facilities as 18-hour, "community campuses." The pool, gym, elevated walking track and auditoriums at Parma Senior High School, specifically, will be open during the school day for residents from our three communities. The east and west campuses will have evening hours for walking and weekend hours for swimming, just as we have already started in our current schools.

    Finally, this is "Our Time." Our youngest operating school opened during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration (1968). Our repair costs alone have tallied over $5 million in the last five years. Despite these best efforts, our facilities are not competitive with many in neighboring districts. The state of Ohio has invested over $11 billion in new construction just since 2012, and none of this has come to our three communities. The OFCC is committed to a $69 million contribution to our project; this money will eventually go somewhere else if we do not seize this opportunity.
    On November 3, our voters will have the opportunity to energize and rebuild our schools. Our Students deserve the best we can offer them and Our Communities will benefit in many ways. It is Our Time!

    Charlie

Information to the Board of Education

  • The Parma City School District Board of Education participated in a special work session on June 4, 2020  to analyze details about the bond issue on the November ballot. Presenters included representatives from GPD Group, University Hospitals, and Squire, Patton, and Boggs. Please access more information about this exciting opportunity by viewing the presentation and video of the meeting below.

    Work Session Presentation

    Work Session Video

Strategic Consolidation

  • OFCC (OHIO FACILITIES CONSTRUCTION COMMISSION) REPORT

    In the fall of 2017, the PCSD engaged with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) to complete an assessment of all district-owned properties. Click this link to view a summary of the OFCC report.

    EDUCATIONAL VISIONING 

    In January 2018, the PCSD then engaged with the Harrison Planning Group, who led Educational Visioning Workshops.  These workshops included community stakeholder groups such as parents, students, teachers, administrators and community members.  Topics discussed included lesson delivery, student achievement and structure of school buildings.  To view more information about the Educational Visioning Workshops, click here: https://www.parmacityschools.org/Page/7873.

    STRATEGIC CONSOLIDATION

    Later that spring, the PCSD submitted an RFQ (Request for Qualifications) for design firms in the area. The design firm that will be guiding our district through the Strategic Consolidation process will be GPD Group (gpdgroup.com). After several informational and input sessions with the community, a recommendation was made to the Board of Education to construct two new secondary campuses (grades 6-12) and renovate Parma Senior High School into an educational and community wellness center in phase one, and construct 6 new elementary schools in phase two.


    ISSUE 73

    On November 3, 2020, voters will consider Issue 73, the district's new construction bond issue. If voters approve Issue 75, the new construction bond issue, PCSD will build two new secondary campuses (grades 6 - 12) on the current sites of Normandy and Valley Forge. We will also transform Parma Senior High School into a community educational and wellness center, in partnership with University Hospitals. The state of Ohio, through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC), will contribute $69 million toward the cost of these projects and homeowners will contribut $18.96 per month per $100,000 of their property value. 

Strategic Consolidation Documents